TENS Therapy Versus Light Energy Therapy For Pain

Electric Current Therapy Viruses Light Energy Therapy for Pain Relief

People have been seeking pain relief for millennia, and throughout the years many methods have been attempted, tested, developed, compared and subsequently perfected or abandoned. In our day and age there is a wide variety of options to choose from, for those seeking to ease pain due to an injury, or a chronic condition, or acute flare up. We will examine 2 of the more popular ones.

TENS Technology

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) technology relieves pain by sending low-voltage electric current produced by a small, battery powered device, into the body to stimulate the nerves. The device is connected to the skin through 2 or more electrodes and it produces electrical pulses and modulates their width, frequency and intensity to ensure motor contraction.

Light Energy Technology

Light Energy (or Laser Energy) technology emits various types of energy, depending on the device, mainly RF energy, that penetrates the skin at the site of the pain where it stimulates healing, treating the symptoms and causes of the pain while relieving the sensation of pain.

Solio Alfa Plus Technology

By combining and synergising 3 Energies (RF, IR and LLLT) Solio Alfa Plus technology is able to offer pain relief and treatment for a wider variety of issues, with each of the 3 energies directed at different depths within the body and offering different healing and pain relief processes.

Radio Frequency (RF) Energy For Pain:

RF energy blocks sensory nerve cells, thereby eliminating or significantly reducing pain. At the same time swelling is neutralized and reduced through increased blood circulation, thereby drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area, and collagen production is increased causing the shrinking and tightening of cells which improves joint stability and healing.

Infrared (IR) Light Energy For Pain:

IR Energy with longer wavelengths is able to penetrate and deliver light energy deep inside, thereby activating those cells which helps the healing and pain elimination deeper than ever before.

Dual Optical Energy For Pain:

Dual Optical Energy - the combination of Red Light and Infrared energy with longer wavelengths, enables for surface as well as muscle and joint pain to be treated at the same time, while delivering the healing energies to both surface and internal pains.

Low Light Laser Therapy (LLLT, Cold Laser Therapy) Energy For Pain:

LLLT energy emits low level light energy to the affected area thus activating and generating changes in the cells, such as an increase in protein production which helps to reduce inflammation and pain, and promoting tissue repair and generation.

TENS vs Solio Alfa Plus For Pain Relief

Both TENS and Solio Alfa Plus are applied at the site of the pain for the therapeutic treatment. Solio Alfa Plus is able to reach pain both on skin surface and also deep to the muscle, joint, bone and other soft tissue levels, TENS electric current affects only the nerves.

While TENS therapy sends out electric current that stimulates the nerves to interfere with the signals they send to the brain thereby relieving pain, the Solio Alfa Plus device emits energy that affects the underlying cause of the pain, be it in the soft tissues, or bones, or nerves, thereby not only eliminating the pain but also treating the cause of the pain for a more permanent solution.

Due to the electrical current, TENS devices are not safe for people who have electrical devices (such as a pacemaker) or people who suffer from epilepsy. Also not safe to use on spine, on wounds, over a tumor or malignancy. Solio Alfa Plus on the other hand is safe to use for everyone because it uses light energy.

TENS units have had very mixed reviews on effectiveness, many studies have determined that TENS machines are not effective at relieving many types of pain such as neck pain, chronic low back pain, and more. Studies on Solio Alfa Plus’s 3 light energies have shown them to be effective at relieving and treating pain, with the combination of the 3 providing the best results.

Clinical Studies

Stephen Mulholland MD, Judith Hellman MD, Liora Levi PhD, Diane Irvine Duncan MD “Solio Alfa Plus - A unique solution for wound healing and pain management”

Johnson M, Martinson M (2007). "Efficacy of electrical nerve stimulation for chronic musculoskeletal pain: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials". Pain.

Nnoaham KE, Kumbang J (2008). Nnoaham, Kelechi E, ed. "Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for chronic pain". The Cochrane Library

Haldeman S, Carroll L, Cassidy JD, Schubert J, Nygren A (2008). "The Bone and Joint Decade 2000–2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders". Spine

DeSantana JM, Walsh DM, Vance C, Rakel BA, Sluka KA (December 2008). "Effectiveness of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Hyperalgesia and Pain". Curr Rheumatol Rep

Dubinsky RM, Miyasaki J (2009). "Assessment: Efficacy of transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation in the treatment of pain in neurologic disorders (an evidence-based review): Report of the Therapeutics and Technology Assessment Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology". Neurology

Khadilkar A, Odebiyi DO, Brosseau L, Wells GA (2008). Brosseau, Lucie, ed. "Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) versus placebo for chronic low-back pain". The Cochrane Library